Clarification on the news item Byco refinery told to seek international safety certificate

March 19, 2013

Reference news items, “Byco Refinery told to seek international safety certificate” published in the Daily Express Tribune of March 15, 2013. For good order sake and to put things in proper perspective, Byco wishes to clarify as follows:

It is incorrect that Byco refinery has been asked by any government agency or OGRA to seek international certification to start operation.

Byco with its partner company, “Coastal Refinery Limited” has installed the first ever Single Point Mooring which has been duly classified by Bureau Veritas, France and has successfully performed trial operation.

In deference to OGRA’s requirement, Byco through its partner company, Coastal Refinery Ltd has applied for membership of an International Oil Spill Response Organization. The said organization has shown reluctance to presently attend because of prevailing security situation in Pakistan. Though none of the other terminals operating in ports, namely KPT or PQA in Pakistan have membership of such organization. However, Byco/Coastal Refinery are hopeful of soon obtaining the membership.

Meanwhile, Operations & Maintenance contract of SPM facility has been awarded to an internationally reputed company M/s Global Marine Services, UAE which has positioned all the necessary oil spill response equipment and trained manpower on site to combat Tier 1 spillage. It is important to note that equipment positioned by M/s Global Marine Services for the SPM is the same as deployed by other terminal operators as well as ports in Pakistan which handle oil imports for refineries & OMCs’.

Global Marine Services specializes in operation & maintenance services to Ports, Oil Terminals, SPMs’, FPSO and Rig Supports in the Middle East and have been providing services to Shuaibah Port, Kuwait, Qatar Petroleum, Aramco and Hamriyah Port in Sharjah.

OGRA had already given permission to discharge crude oil at the SPM using Global Marine Services as test case which has successfully been completed and details provided to OGRA.

In today’s investment starved situation in the country, it is unfortunate that certain detractors are creating obstacles and hindrances in making this huge investment a success. The asset belongs to the country, will service the national energy needs and be a huge step forward in attaining self-sufficiency.